Could ants help us predict incoming earthquakes?

04/12/2013 | Our Amazing Planet

Red wood ants appear to prefer nesting along major fault lines in the Earth, German scientists say. What they discovered was that the ants would change their daily behavior ahead of earthquakes stronger than a magnitude 2.0, according to a presentation at the annual meeting of the European Geosciences Union in Vienna. "We're not sure why or how they react to the possible stimuli, but we're planning on going to a more tectonically active region and see if ants react to larger earthquakes," said researcher Gabriele Berberich.

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